iPhone turns 9, App Store revenue, turmoil over headphone rumour, Samsung weaker, Harmon CarPlay


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Happy 9th Birthday, iPhone — January 9, 2007 is the day Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone. When the exhibition hall opened that day, most of the crowd spent at least a few minutes gazing at the iPhone prototype that slowly revolved on a pedestal, protected by a glass cylinder. (But it would take until June 29, 2007 for Apple fans to get our hands on an iPhone.)

App Store contributed $6.4 billion to Apple revenue in 2015 — JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall published a memo noting that Apple’s share of App Store revenue (after the 70% payout to developers) was about $6.4 billion for the 2015 calendar year.

Petition protests Apple’s (rumoured) plans to abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack — Rumours persist that the next gen of iPhones will dump the 3.5mm jack with Apple expecting you to use Lightning-connected or wireless earphones. Not everyone is happy about this possibility and there’s a petition protesting it at Sum of Us (http://tinyurl.com/zpbnkdn), a website that “fights for people over profits.” [I understand the annoyance at items becoming obsolescent, but there’s also the matter of progress: there simply wouldn’t be any if things didn’t change, ever, and if we keep charging Apple with being innovative, you have to expect change.]

Samsung reports weak profits for Q4 while shipping 12.5% more smartphones, casting doubt on Apple, Inc’s ‘Peak iPhone’ rumours — Samsung reported preliminary earnings for the December quarter, missing analysts’ profit estimates while shipping 12.5 percent more smartphones over the year-ago quarter. That calls into question the supposed flat demand for smartphones, a problem alleged to also affect Apple.

Harman joins aftermarket CarPlay arena with JBL Legend CP100 — Harman at CES announced the JBL Legend CP100, its first receiver to support Apple’s CarPlay standard, and the first such upgrade beyond a so-far limited number of aftermarket CarPlay partners.